Asbury Church’s Statement Following the Special Called General Conference of the United Methodist Church

Asbury Church’s Statement Following the Special Called General Conference of the United Methodist Church

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February 28, 2019—The Lead Staff and Leadership Board of Asbury Church continue to be in prayer this week following the Special Called General Conference of the United Methodist Church. We grieve with Methodists across the global church for division over the issue of human sexuality.

The General Conference, which met in St. Louis February 23-26, voted and affirmed a traditional view of marriage and human sexuality (previously referred to as The Traditional Plan).

We want you to know:

  • Asbury Church will always unconditionally welcome everyone at all times.  We celebrate that we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image of God and therefore people of sacred worth and immeasurable value.  We wish to clearly communicate all people are compatible with the gospel message of hope and new possibility in the name of Jesus Christ.  We are all sinners saved by God’s grace and God’s grace alone.
  • There will be little to no impact on how Asbury Church operates or accomplishes our mission of engaging people in relationships where Christ transforms. We will continue to be the church that God is calling us to be. We will worship together, connect in LifeGroups, and continue serving locally and globally.
  • We continue to lead Asbury Church with grace and integrity and will focus on our core values of growing Biblically, giving generously, serving compassionately, connecting authentically, supporting family, and welcoming unconditionally.
  • We encourage our members and friends to remain prayerful — for one another and the global church.

As more details of General Conference become known, we will prayerfully consider them in partnership.  In the meantime, we invite you to reach out to our Lead Pastor, Tom Newman, or any member of our Lead Staff when you have questions or concerns.

2 Comments

    Anonymous

    Very disappointing. We will lose an entire generation of children due to this decision. I find it very hypocritical for the United Methodist church to say we are welcoming when we do not allow the homosexual community to serve in our churches. I can almost guarantee that most families in every church have at least one gay person in their family. Most will not speak up, and many will suffer quietly.
    This is such a sad day for my family and for so many wonderful Christians. I will continue to akways follow Jesus’ teachings, but not the hypocritical decisions of the United Methodist Church. I will never understand how we can keep divorcee’s in the traditional plan, along with all the people that commit sins daily on our staff and commities, but exclude gay people. Jesus would include all sinners at any level. God must be shaking his head in disgust for how we represent humanity and most importantly how his begotten son died for our sins, so that we would understand unconditional love.

    Ed and Caro Bazemore

    LOVE this comment! We have wonderful friends and family members living alternative lifestyles, and are lifelong Christians. Both of us are sinners, having had previous marriages. Jesus absolved our sins through his death and the ultimate grace of God. Perfectly said “God must be shaking his head in disgust for how we represent humanity and most importantly how his begotten son died for our sins, so that we would understand unconditional love.” What would Jesus say about this hypocrosy…one who sought out sinners!!! We would love to hear from you…

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